Councils fear welfare reforms are fuelling a housing crisis
- 11 Jun
A new report has revealed that London's local authorities fear that the government's welfare reforms are fuelling a housing crisis.
Through interviews with councils, advice services and parents, alongside reviews of existing evidence, the Child Poverty Action Group's ‘Families on the Brink: Welfare Reform in London' report highlights that these key groups all share the same fear: a housing crisis that uproots families from their homes and communities, leaving a huge disruption to children's education, reports 24dash.
Almost half of all the households in the country hit by the benefit cap are in London. High housing costs mean that households in London on average have lost 22% more than the rest of the county, losing almost £7 more per week than households outside of the capital.
Councils are already reporting a shortage of properties that are affordable to rent to people on housing benefit. Child Poverty Action Group is concerned about the impact the cuts will have on young people in London.
Alison Garnham, CPAG chief executive, said: "Councils and families are telling us that a crisis is just around the corner in London. It will cause tremendous disruption to children's lives for families to have to leave their city, their extended families, schools and support networks. It also risks destroying the mix and diversity London prides itself on. Londoners need a housing benefit system where allowances match local rents and we need better quality services for helping parents find work, stay in work and progress onto higher pay. This must include improving the supply of high quality childcare and ensuring families can afford to pay for it."
Responding to CPAG's report, Barnardo's director for London, Lynn Gradwell, said: "The shocking finding that benefits cuts have left Londoners struggling to keep a roof over their child's head, should be a warning to Government to review welfare reform. Desperate families, struggling to juggle soaring living costs with the Government's recent decision not to increase their benefits with inflation, tell us they are being driven to food banks to provide for their children. Political parties need to wake up to the looming poverty crisis in London, and take action to tackle in and out-of-work poverty. They can start by restoring the link between benefits and inflation."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/1094183
- 08 Nov
NHS BOSS SETS OUT A CASE FOR CASH BOOST
The speech by Mr Stevens at the NHS Providers' annual conference of health managers is being made at the time when three reputable health think-thanks- the Health Foundation, the King's Fund and the...
- 09 Jun
THERESA MAY PLEDGES TO REPLACE THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT 1983
According to Ms May, the new bill would introduce the following:According to the Tories, the proposals were described as the biggest change to mental health treatment law in over 30 years.Ms May...
- 30 May
THE PRESENT FIRST PRIME MINISTER OF SCOTLAND IS TO PLEDGE AGAINST ANY PLANS TO PRIVATISE THE NHS
It is also expected that Sturgeon will do the following as proof of her party's commitment to fighting against further austerity:Sturgeon said this before Tuesday's manifesto launch:"While the polls...
- 17 Mar
402 MILLION POUNDS WILL BE INVESTED IN COUNCILS WITH THE GREATEST HOMELESSNESS DEMAND FROM APRIL 2017
Presently, funding is only used for homeless households and not for the prevention of homelessness in the first instance.The funding by the Department for Communities and Local Government is set to...
- 15 Mar
RULES AROUND PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENTS MAY CHANGE ON THURSDAY
Ministers have advised chief executives of over 30 charities which claimed that people will be left without vital financial support, to restrict access to a disability benefit.The Disability Benefits...
- 06 Mar
THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED BY THE BMA TO INCREASE HEALTH SPENDING BY 10 BILLION POUNDS
This increase in health spending to a proportion of GDP that matched that of the 10 leading economies across Europe could pay for at least 35,000 extra beds a day and many more GP's, according to the...
- 05 Sep
MANY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REFUGES AT RISK OF CLOSING DUE TO HOUSING BENEFIT CAP
Women who have been victims of domestic violence as well as their children are at risk of falling into the hands of their violent partners if the government caps housing benefit in the social sector...
- 03 Sep
Data on disability benefits refused by DWP
DWP officials have refused a second request for basic information on disability benefits using the “Section 22” exemption they used previously, reports The Independent.The Department had been...
- 02 Sep
UN to investigate how welfare reforms will affect disability rights
A disability charity in Scotland has said it’s been contacted by the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as part of an inquiry into Britain’s treatment of people with...
- 01 Sep
Benefit cuts affecting 48,500 families in Liverpool
Analysis from Liverpool City Council has found that around 48,500 households are likely to lose their benefits due to new government reforms, reports the Liverpool Echo. Councillor Jane Corbett has...
What are the Future Funding Arrangements for Supported and Sheltered Housing? "Information on Exempt Accommodation & DWP Review was very informative, but also commend your approach in delivering workshops/conferences in a proactive way, and use of email and your website as a public resource" P.C. - The Hyde Group